PLA is a biodegradable plastic and PLA stands for polylactide. It is the chemical name of a plastic made from corn. At the end of life PLA can be composted (biodegradable). As PLA is sourced from natural plastic like corn so it comes from nature and goes back to nature.
What is PLA?
PLA is a polymer made from lactic acid
Lactic acid is a natural product
It is found in the body, yogurt and many other foods
Lactic acid is made from fermented sugars
Sugars are found in plants
Our PLA uses corn sugar (dextrose) to make lactic acid
Where does PLA sheet come from and where does it go to?
Traditional Plastics PP/ PS/ PET
PLA - Biodegradable Plastics
Recycle · Mechanical
Compost · Organic Recycling
Dwindling petroleum supplies: while consumption is increasing
Increase price of crude oil
Imposed by legislation : in some countries (e.g. Taiwan, South Korea) some food packaging has to be compostable
Exemption to pay a contribution for recycling: products which comply with EN13432 are exempt from DSD (Germany)
Part of a strategy to achieve a green image
Limiting environmental impact: less green house gases produced and it is compostable